Have Gun Will Travel Complete 2nd Season DVD Review
They didn't make 'em smarter than this, pardner. Have Gun Will Travel
was a thinking person's TV Western. It was the first Western to be released as
a complete season and for good reason. Richard Boone played sophisticated
Palladin, who lived in the Hotel Carlton in San Francisco. He could be hired to
solve problems, which he preferred to do with his head and not his gun. He was
the only cowboy in TV Westerns who routinely quoted Shakepeare.
year the show had reached its stride and even increased the pace a bit. In this
second season, some of the best episodes were penned by Gene Roddenberry, who
would go on to create Star Trek. It is on Have Gun that he perfected his craft
in such stories as "The Monster of Moon Ridge." While the tight direction was
usually provided by Andrew V. McLaglen, this season marked the first time a
woman directed a TV Western. Ida Lupino broke that ground with "The Man Who
Lost" starring Jack Elam.
You won't see much of Hey, Boy this year, and
I kinda missed him.
Noteworthy guest stars are Lon Chaney Jr., Charles
Bronson, Harry Morgan, Madlyn Rhue, James Drury, Harry Carey Jr., Suzanne
Pleshette, Morey Amsterdam, Vincent Price, and Edward Platt.
includes 6 discs which are generously in their own individual plastic cases.
The set contain all 39 episodes and for each one, there is a bit of detailed
trivia included. It's difficult to get expert commentary for these old shows
since most of the main players are dead, so the behind-the-scenes text is nice
to have. Most of the episodes look good especially to those of us used to
looking at old VHS tapes or worse, reruns on TV. A few look like maybe the
masters had aged too much, but in the main, I am grateful for season 2 and
await season 3.
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